U.S. production is complex and high-tech, required talented, hands-on problem solvers with good math and technical skills. All metal, plastic, and electronic parts, products, and systems are first designed and developed by engineers, backed by the skilled handiwork of technicians and support people. All kinds of students – techies, entrepreneurs, and engineering novices – can find something within this field to fit their interests, abilities, and postsecondary goals.
What will my classes be like?
Discover how 2D modeling software like Revit, AutoCAD (computer aided design), Inventor, or Adobe fuels creativity and innovation in fields as diverse as architecture, construction, manufacturing, civil engineering, biomedical technology and more. The precision engineering field can include precision controls, replication, and fabrication; optics and optical fabrication; nanotechnology; metrology (measurement); interferometry (electromagnetic wave technology); and materials processing. It sounds futuristic, because it is!
If your passion is ultra-precision production, discover how CAD interfaces with CAM (computer aided
manufacturing) software tools and robotic production systems. Use 3D parametric solid part modeling software and create prototypes with TCD's 3D printers. You will learn how to control sophisticated Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machines and how to program and operate CNC machining and turning centers.
Whether you pursue an apprenticeship or a degree after high school, you will have the skills to succeed in a
high-tech field with broad applications and opportunities!
Career Opportunities (Most require postsecondary education/training):
Tool & Die Maker
Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
Quality Control Inspector